Sábado, 23 Setiembre, 2017

Confederate monument comes down after 106 years in New Orleans

Confederate-Statues-New-Orleans-1-1 Judge rejects effort to block Confederate statue's removal
Eleena Tovar | 14 May, 2017, 14:24

A last-ditch effort to block the removal of a monument to a Confederate general in New Orleans was rejected Wednesday by a Louisiana judge who turned away arguments that the city doesn't own the statue or the land on which it sits.

The statue, which stood for 106 years, is the second Confederate monument to come down after the New Orleans City Council voted to remove the four landmarks in 2015.

As they did two weeks ago when they removed a stone obelisk dedicated to a white supremacist insurgency in post-Civil War New Orleans, workers arrived under the cover of darkness sporting helmets and body armor, the New Orleans Advocate reported.

Multiple protesters were arrested and charged with disturbing the peace on Sunday after a fight broke out at an event held to celebrate the removal of the Liberty Place monument.

In the case of Davis - as with the dictators before him, and as will be with P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee after him - a despicable man was raised up and immortalized in stone.

Earlier in the day, Mayor Mitch Landrieu reiterated that he would not discuss the timeline for the statue's removal due to security concerns in the wake of threats that have been leveled at contractors and city employees involved in the job.

Several police cars and barricades lined the vicinity of the statue. But it can begin a new chapter of New Orleans's history by placing these monuments, and the legacy of oppression they represent, in museums and other spaces where they can be viewed in an appropriate educational setting, as examples of our capacity to change. "This is about showing the whole world that we as a city and as a people are able to acknowledge, understand, reconcile - and most importantly - choose a better future", Mayor Landrieu said in a statement.

Others, such as Quess Moore, came to witness the statue's removal "to celebrate the victory in the battle against white supremacy particularly in New Orleans".

"Getting here wasn't easy", wrote the majority-black city's first white mayor since the 1970s. However, that doesn't mean we must valorize the ugliest chapters, as we do when we put the Confederacy on a pedestal - literally - in our most prominent public places.

"This morning we continue our march to reconciliation by removing the Jefferson Davis Confederate statue from its pedestal of reverence", Landrieu said in a statement on Thursday. Demonstrators both for and against the removal of Confederate era statues had gathered at the site.

A lot of people think Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis home in Biloxi, would be a ideal spot for the statues.

Also, the public road through the park that passes by the monument should be renamed, from "Confederate Drive" to just about anything else.

The New Orleans monuments slated for removal were all erected between 1884 and 1915, a period when lynchings spiked and some of the most vicious Jim Crow laws were enacted.